The Dining Room

  • Rendering by Bonnie Birnbaum
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Fabric from Cox Manufacturing Co.
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Fabric from Kravet
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Chandelier from Currey and Company
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Custom-painted Chinoiserie Panels by Amy Ouradnik and Shona Dockter
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Trim from Robert Allen
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    The custom embroidered monograms by Serifina on the backs of the dining room chairs!
  • Photo by Katherine Harris
    A detail of the original woodwork on the fireplace.

“We love combining opposing elements— traditional with contemporary, warm with cool, hard with soft, and elegant with practical—to create tension, balance, and beauty.”

~ Bonnie Birnbaum, ASID

When Bonnie Birnbaum and Keri Olson set out independently to find inspiration for the dining room, both designers came back with the same image of classic Chinoiserie-painted walls. They commissioned Amy Ouradnik and Shona Dockter to paint an organic pattern of silver and white branches on the walls, providing an elegant balance to the room’s abundant geometric-patterned woodwork.

As the dining room is used by guests of the B&B as well as the Blessing family, Birnbaum and Olson designed the room to be durable enough for commercial use, but elegant enough for formal entertaining. The interior designers upholstered the dining room chairs in commercial-grade washable faux leather with custom monograms by Serifina, and fitted the dining room’s alcove with an upholstered banquette to create an intimate, comfortable space for smaller dinner parties.

What We Love

The way the interior designers filled in a former window with a mirror, where it reflects light sparkling from the chandelier.


  • Dining table by Kindel, side chairs by Drexel Heritage and host chairs by Cox Furniture, all from Francis King Ltd.
  • Custom embroidery by Serifina
  • Chandeliers by Currey and Company from Francis King Ltd.
  • Rug by Legacy Looms
  • Fabrics by Kravet
  • Chinoiserie art by Amy Ouradnik, Aurora Decorative Finishes and Shona Dockter, Shona Dockter Decorative Arts
  • Window treatments by Changing Scenes by Marcene
  • Accessories from Antique Manor

Meet the Designers


Bonnie Birnbaum,
Bonnie Birnbaum,
Interior Design,


Keri Olson,
Allied ASID,
KOR Interior Design,

The Blessing Family

Blessings on Cathedral Hill

How one young family turned a grand old house into a Showcase Home.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Porch

The Front Porch

Come in, relax, and enjoy the spectacular view from the front porch, designed by Gabberts.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Foyer, Grand Staircase & Snuggery

The B&B Foyer, Grand Staircase, Snuggery & Hallway

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Parlor & Powder Room

The Parlor & Powder Room

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Farrington Suite

The Farrington Suite

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Powder Room, Hallways, & Stairs

The Powder Room, Hallways & Stairs

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Kitchen

The Kitchen

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Breakfast Room & Mudroom

The Breakfast Room & Mudroom

Designers from Indicia elevate the hardest working spaces in the home.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Living Room

The Living Room

Cozy and warm, the Charlene Ackley-designed living room is a welcoming retreat from the B&B.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Cathedral Suite

The Cathedral Suite

A bright, inviting, and luxurious suite by Desi Interior Design is a treat for guests of the B&B.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Library Suite

The Library Suite

Twist Interior Design takes on the library suite, creating an intriguing backdrop for intellectual pursuits.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Storybook Suite

The Storybook Suite

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Master Sitting Room

The Master Sitting Room

A serene and sumptuous prelude to the master bedroom is the creation of Linda Gerace-Skinner.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Master Suite

The Master Suite

The Blessings' bedroom gets an organic and geometric union of elements by Kimberly Herrick.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Children's Bathroom

The Children's Bathroom

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Upstairs Kitchen

The Upstairs Kitchen

The homey effect from a sloped ceiling is extended through vintage-style decor by Mary Maney.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Laundry/Craft Room

The Laundry/Craft Room

“Your laundry room doesn’t have to be boring." Kristen Sheikh designs a fun and funky task room.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Freya's Bedroom

Freya's Bedroom

Jodi Mellin and Katie Radcliffe mix sophisticated colors, fabrics, and textures for a one-of-a-kind baby room.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Family Room

The Family Room

The family room becomes a private retreat with intriguing angled ceilings, designed by Ethan Allen.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Weston's Bedroom

Weston's Bedroom

Earth tones and some fun fox fabric by Rob Edman and Laura Engen welcome young Weston to his room.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Gwyneth's Bedroom

Gwyneth's Bedroom

A sweet space for the Blessings' oldest daughter (and an amazing view), designed by Katie Lewis and Angie Picotte.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Wine Cellar

The Wine Cellar

The wine cellar becomes a place for tasting and drinking thanks to Rena Feldman and Kristen Veenstra.

Andrew Nelson, Andy Blessing

Meet the Showcase Home Builders

The master carpenters behind the scenes of the 2013 ASID Showcase Home.

What the Designers Say

What the Designers Say

Get the behind-the-scenes scoop from the designers who worked on this year's Showcase Home.

Cambria stone

Get to Know Cambria

The longtime sponsor of the ASID MN Showcase Home are a perfect fit for the program.

Junior League of Saint Paul and Cathedral Hill Montessori School

Room for Giving

The Junior League of St. Paul and the Cathedral Hill Montessori School are community partners of the ASID MN Showcase Home.